Northwest News

January Newsletter

A Message from Ms. Bruening

Dear Northwest families,

Welcome back from winter break! I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing time with family and friends. The new year offers an opportunity for a fresh start in the middle of our school year. I hope that you and your students take time to reflect and re-set goals for the second half of the school year. We have had a wonderful first half and look forward to more great things the rest of the year!

Please join us for parent teacher conferences on Wednesday, January 23. This is the only night of conference for second trimester. Please try to attend if possible. Conferences will be held arena-style again, like first trimester. We will hold another night of conferences in April for third trimester.

We will be recognizing Martin Luther King, Jr this month with a day of activities on Friday, January 18. Students will be choosing from speakers, activities, and discussions that morning. The remainder of the day will be spent in their regular classes, where there will be a focus on diversity and community activism in the subject area. We are very excited about this special day and look forward to hearing from students about what they have learned. Please ask your student to share their thoughts with you as well.

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year begins this month! West High School and Liberty High School will be visiting with our 8th graders first as they plan their high school course registrations. Our 7th graders will register for 8th grade classes next. And, finally, we will visit 6th grade classrooms in our elementary feeder schools to help them prepare to register for junior high. If you have questions about next year’s registration, please contact your student’s guidance counselor.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have. Have a fabulous January!

Elizabeth Bruening, Principal

Northwest Junior High

Northwest Needs Your Donations!

Please remember Northwest Junior High when donating! Information about how to donate to Northwest is listed below. Your donation to the Northwest Ask Campaign is tax deductible! We are in need of funds to support our classroom teachers, field trips, music, art, industrial tech, PBIS, AVID, drama, clubs, and many other extra needs we have throughout the year. If you would like more specific details about how we spend our funds, please let me know. In a separate campaign, we are also asking for money to purchase new athletic uniforms. There is not an account for this, so it is 100% funded through donations. We are very grateful for your support!

We can also use donations of the following items: Backpacks, No. 2 Pencils, Presharpened, Tissues, Hand Sanitizer.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, 4:15-7:45pm

Northwest Junior High MPR

Please join us for Parent Teachers conferences! They will be held in the MPR.
ASK Campaign Donations

Select "Northwest Junior High Ask Campaign" under "Choose Campaign Drop Menu"

Important Dates

January 10th, 6:30pm-PSTO Meeting in Library

January 16th-Midterms

January 18th-Martin Luther King activities at Northwest

January 19th-SEIBA Honor Band Festival, select students

January 21st-No School

January 22nd-Wrestling Practice Begins

January 22nd, 7:30pm-7th Grade Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra at West High

January 23rd from 4:15pm-7:45pm-Parent Teacher Conferences

January 25th-High School Counselors Presentation for 8th graders

January 28th, 6:00pm- West High School Parent Informational Meeting, at West High

January 30th, 6:00pm-Liberty High School Parent Informational Meeting, at Liberty High

Record Setting Day for Northwest Junior High Bands

January 5 we took several Northwest JH band students to Fairfield High School to audition for the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Honor Band. ALL students were recalled, which means they were all in the running! TWENTY-FOUR students were accepted and ELEVEN 8th graders were accepted into the IBA All-State Band, which is the highest honor any 8th grade musician can be awarded. These students will rehearse and perform a concert with guest conductors, Bill Pringle and Bart Mackey, on January 19 at 5:00 p.m. in the Arganbright Auditorium at Iowa City West High School. The eleven IBA 8th graders will continue on to Junior High All State Band held in Des Moines on Thursday, May 9 during the Iowa Bandmasters Conference at the downtown Marriott Hotel.

8th graders include: Ashley Seo (flute), Sophia Wang (flute), Maya Chu (clarinet), Kevy Huynh (clarinet), Heidi Du (clarinet), Henry Dai (alto saxophone), SangHyuk Im (alto saxophone), Damien Kim (tenor saxophone), Minou Emmad (baritone saxophone), Kyle Chi (trumpet), Sachiko Goto (trumpet), Audrey Parrish (trumpet), James Cannon (trumpet), Natalie Urmie (trombone), Helen Kearney (euphonium), Kaylee Gibson (tuba), Anish Lodh (percussion).

7th graders: Yuning Shao (flute), Anne Zhan (bassoon), Helen Penning (clarinet), Ava Garcia (trumpet), Patrick Selby (trombone), Jack Dorale (trombone) Matt Cannon (tuba)

IBA 8th graders: Ashley Seo (flute), Sophia Wang (flute), Maya Chu (clarinet), Kevy Huynh (clarinet), Heidi Du (clarinet), Henry Dai (alto saxophone), Damien Kim (tenor saxophone), Kyle Chi (trumpet), Sachiko Goto (trumpet), Audrey Parrish (trumpet), Natalie Urmie (trombone)

Homework Help Volunteers

Volunteers Needed!

We are looking for volunteers, Mondays or Wednesdays from 4 pm to 5 pm, to help students with homework. Each volunteer will be matched with a 7th or 8th grade student. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Michele Sadler, Counselor, at or call 319-688-1063.

Registration for the 2019-2020 school year will be taking place soon!

Current 6th Grade Students Registering for 7th Grade:

Northwest Junior High counselors will be visiting each elementary school at the beginning of February to begin the 7th grade registration process with current 6th grade students.

Current 7th Grade Students Registering for 8th Grade:

The Northwest Junior High counselors will be meeting with 7th grade students to discuss registration for 8th grade courses on January 28th during your student’s Literacy class. Registration sheets will need to be filled out and turned in by February 4th.

Current 8th Grade Students Registering for 9th Grade:

The West High counselors will be presenting information to our 8th grade students on January 25th. There is a West High parent informational meeting taking place on January 28th from 6 - 7pm in the West High Auditorium. On January 31st, West High counselors will be returning to Northwest Junior High to complete the registration process.

University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art Visit!

University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art brought their roving African Art exhibits to our Global Studies students here at Northwest in December.

Northwest Math Club Members Excel in American Math Competition 8

The Northwest Math Club participated in the American Math Competition 8 on November 14th and results were recently received. This year 15 students made the National Honor roll and 6 also qualified for the Distinguished Honor Roll. Northwest had the top school score in Iowa and was nationally ranked. Special recognition goes to SangHyuk Im and Ashley Seo. SangHyuk made the Distinguished Honor Roll for the second year in a row!. Ashley is only the eighth Northwest student in the last thirty years to make the National Honor Roll three consecutive years!

Link to the AMC website:

Caleb Benson*

SangHyuk Im*

Thomas Keen

Fatima Khalil*

Damien Kim

Edward Li*

Anish Lodh

Henry Lu

Siva Mannengi

Hanae Matsumoto

Ashley Seo*

Jayden Shin

Rosemary Timmer-Hackert

Athena Wu*

Richard Yang

*Designates Distinguished Honor Roll

(Top 1% of participants)

Wrestling Season Begins January 22nd!

Sign up in the office. Please make sure your students has a current physical and Permission to Practice/Heads Up Concussion form on file. Email with questions. Click above for the meet schedule and coach information.

Bus Lane Reminders

Please remember that the lane that goes directly in front of the school is only for buses. If you are picking up/dropping off your student in the morning or afternoon, please use the inside lane (between the bus lane and the street). Please be mindful of keeping this lane moving, when it gets backed up buses are not able to get into the bus lane. If you need to wait for your student for more than a few moments, please find a parking spot and wait there for pick up.

Please also be aware of picking up/dropping off in the back of the building. We have buses that use the back as well, and they need to be able to enter and exit the lower back parking lot as necessary. Please do not park or block the back bus lane, and use parking spots for dropping off and picking up students.

Box Tops for Education

Help us earn money for our school! This will help us buy classroom supplies, books, and PBIS rewards! Collection cans for Box Tops are located in the Main Office and Guidance Office. Thanks for Clipping!

Attendance Areas

The Iowa City Community School District Board of Directors approved new elementary attendance areas for the 2019-20 school year. The new boundaries were approved during their November 27 board meeting.

The updated maps can be found on the District website at the following link:

In addition, the District’s Attendance Area Look-Up links have been updated to reflect the approved boundary changes. The Attendance Area Look-Up links provide school information specific for your home address. The links can be found on the District website at the following link:

Junior high and high school students may also be impacted by these changes. Please be sure to check the Attendance Area Look-Up link above to determine if changes to the elementary boundaries have affected your student.

Non-Discrimination Statement

It is the policy of the Iowa City Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, or socioeconomic status in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices. If you believe you have (or your child has) been discriminated against or treated unjustly at school, please contact the District Equity Director, at 1725 N. Dodge St., Iowa City, IA 52245, 319-688-1000.